Alex Ross Paints Stunning “Action Comics #1” Recreation

SYFY WIRE has teamed up with artist Alex Ross on a collection of limited-edition lithos, rare variant covers, con-only surprises, behind-the-scenes videos, signed posters, intriguing interviews, and contest giveaways that will last all year long.

First out of the gate is this spectacular, limited-edition fine art lithograph titled, “More Powerful Than A Locomotive.”

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Superman this spring, Ross has manifested the Man of Steel in a bold reimagining of the iconic “Action Comics #1” cover from June of 1938. This new star-lit tribute litho depicts Superman hoisting an auto over his head to the horror of ordinary citizens fleeing the chaotic scene.

“Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman,” Ross tells SYFY WIRE. “But I’ve always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions. When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the ’40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready… a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots.”

This piece of art will be available for purchase in limited quantity at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago from April 6-8. Each signed-and-numbered artwork measures 16″ X 22″, includes a Certificate of Authenticity, and is printed on premium, 110-lb fine art paper via an exacting process that recreates all the magic and mystery in crystal clarity.

After its limited advance release at C2E2, this showstopping homage will have a full online debut on April 18, which corresponds to the original launch date of “Action Comics #1”.

Fans and collectors can join the wait list at Alex Ross Art starting March 30 at 10 a.m. ET, with a per-poster price of US$195.

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Kal-Ed
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Had Alex Ross existed in the early to late 1930s and especially with this cover, his art would have been the stuff legends.

Phresh
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I completely agree with you!!

liheibao
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Time paradox.

Kal-Ed
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You gotta love the man for his dedication, enthusiasm and passion for the art. Kingdom Come is a masterpiece I still own in my collection.

car2nst
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His art already IS the stuff of Legends. He is The Norman Rockwell of comics…has been for decades

liheibao
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I wish this had been a cover.

Kal-Ed
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Maybe soon ;-)

kal-bert
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True. It deserves to be one of issue #1000 different covers.

Spidey2878
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Now that’s one cool piece of art!!!

MattComics
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I like that Alex remembered that the actual scene in the comic that the image is meant to evoke actually took place at night.

Incidentally, I couldn’t help but enter Caption Contest mode looking at the gangster in the bottom left hand corner.

“Even Geico don’t cover this!”

BMoore25
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Nice

kal-bert
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An awesome version, like all Alex does.
The writer of this article should remember that those screaming people aren’t “horrified citizens”. They’re the gangsters that were trying to escape in that car.

MattComics
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That’s right. Had to refresh my memory on it but the gangsters name is Butch Matson. He acted like a total pig by demanding Lois dance with him in the nightclub and she slapped the taste out of his mouth when he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Clark is of course stuck having to play the wuss. Later Butch and his cronies kidnap her but as they’re getting away Superman shows up and brings the ruckus on their ride.

Kal-Ed
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A great idea would be: have DC reprint Action Comics No.1 with the art of Alex Ross.

kal-bert
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Just that simple thought makes my brain explode. It is probably the greatest idea I’ve seen in a long long time. I hope Jim Lee and Dan DooDooAh (I couldn’t resist the joke) see your comment.

Kal-Ed
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We can also lend our voices for this one wish! And here’s hoping that the head Honchos at DC are truly reading this.
Hehehehe good one. How about Do-Little?

kal-bert
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But…but…Dan Didn’t Doo-Little (in 3″D”).
He is responsible for that New52 (now’s when I start swearing and…).

XD

Kal-Ed
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3D! Ha. Love it.